Reliable Boat Transportation Services

At Nationwide, we strive to offer boat transport services to meet all of your shipping needs. We work with oversized transporters to provide heavy haul transportation services in the lower 48 states. We have put together some recommendations on what you need to do to prepare a boat for transport below.

General Boat Shipping Information

  1. Hatches and latches should be tightly secured and sealed with tape to prevent them from opening during transit.
  2. All items in the cabin should be packed. All valuables should be removed.
  3. The batteries should be disconnected and the cables tied off. If engine hatch covers are battery operated, they should be secured to prevent them from opening during transit.
  4. If you have a dinghy it can not be transported on its davits. It should be stored in the cabin or securely lashed and padded in the cockpit.
  5. Any loose items in the cabin and on deck should be removed or securely lashed down.
  6. If you are moving a sailboat with a centerboard, please be sure that the board is strongly secured so that it will stay in the "up" position.

When using Nationwide’s Boat Transport services, it is important to remove and properly store the following items:

  1. All valuables
  2. All exterior electronics
  3. Anchors
  4. Antennas
  5. Propellers
  6. Fuel (as much as possible). Try to make sure the tank is no more than 1/4 full.
  7. Water
  8. Flagstaffs
  9. Outriggers
  10. Any item that extends beyond the stated length, width or height of your vessel.
  11. All canvas, screens, weatherboards and Eisenglass.
  12. Drain plugs
  13. Radar transmitters
  14. Hailers
  15. Dinghies
  16. For sailboats, all rigging, lights, spreaders, wind-measuring instruments and antennas must be removed from the mast(s)
  17. The masts should be transported on our trailer, not on your boat.

Important Information about Zebra Mussels:

If you are moving your boat from an infected state, thoroughly inspect your boat. Check engine intake strainers, and all other through-hull fittings. Check drain scuppers, outdrives and all possible areas of attachment. DOT officers are checking boats for Zebra Mussels at weigh stations. If Zebra Mussels are found, your boat will be seized. You will have to arrange for hot water removal, and you may also be required to have your boat launched first in salt water if your intended destination was fresh water.

Please note that for proper loading Nationwide must know the overall length of your boat including the bow pulpit and the swim platform.

Also, don't forget to include the length of the outboard motor brackets and the outboard motors themselves.

The added length of the outboard motors and/or outdrives must be measured in the raised position, as that is how they will have to be transported to keep the overall height of the boat at its minimum.

Boat Transportation Pricing

Our prices are all inclusive and our oversized transporters are fully insured. Nationwide Auto Transport’s representatives are waiting to answer all of your questions and discuss the cost of your boat transportation. Call one of our vehicle shipping representatives toll free at 800-689-6498. You also can request a free, no obligation, online Boat Shipping Quote. We do not require you to sign a contract and there are NO cancellation fees if we do not pick up your motorcycle.

On the online form, please provide information about your boat and its dimensions, in the comments box. We do not require you to sign a contract and there are NO cancellation fees if we do not pick up your boat.

Nationwide’s number one goal is to provide our customers with the best transportation services. Read what Nationwide Auto Transport’s satisfied customers have to say about our vehicle transportation services.

Our boat transporters are able to meet all of your boat shipping needs. Nationwide also offers three other types of vehicle shipping services.

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